Rain, Rain, Stay Why Don’t You?

Today it rained from dawn until dusk. It was a cozy sound and gave excuse to stay in and have some much-needed rest. The rain was very welcome, as far as I was concerned, and here’s why:

  1. The alternative (something whiter that isn’t outside of the realm of possibility for a January day in the North) is much more of a nuisance.
  2. Violet thoroughly enjoyed herself playing outside in it. She donned her rainsuit, a glorious invention, and spent the better part of an hour out there. When she came back in, she exclaimed, “I loved it!” and instructed me to make her some tea.
  3. I got to finish Bill Bryson’s book A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail– one of my favorite Christmas presents. Thank you, Inlaws.
  4. Jonathan cleaned out a huge clutterfest that was our closet. At day’s end, he had bags for goodwill and other bags for the recyling bins. Go minimalism.
  5. We watched a slideshow from our summer. I love you, summer.
  6. I painted Violet’s nails violet and she then painted my toenails 3 different colors. They look amazing and it makes me happy to look at them.
  7. At one point, Violet looked out the window and said, “The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play…” which is a quote from Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, which means, blessedly, that all that reading to her has mattered.
  8. I had several cups of vanilla sleepytime tea. Any day that I’m able to have tea tends to feel indulgent. It’s a stopping-to-smell-the-roses sensibility and feels really good. The English are on to something.

Soggy sand and soil drinking it all up, 


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